Common name: Pink Plains-bush
Pluchea tetranthera F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Aromatic, rigid, much-branched shrub, 0.3–1.2 m high; stems erect, terete, not winged, scabrous to pubescent and glandular.
Leaves obovate to cuneate, the upper ones sometimes linear, 1–3 cm long, 4–15 mm wide, apex obtuse, margins irregularly toothed or almost entire, narrowed at the base, surfaces glandular-pubescent to subglabrous.
Heads numerous in cymose panicles, 2.5–5 mm diam., ovoid but campanulate after flowering; involucral bracts closely imbricate, the outer ovate, the inner longer and lanceolate, purplish. Outer florets pink; inner florets exceeding the female florets, pink.
Achenes c. 0.8 mm long, sparsely hairy; pappus 3–5 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on red, often deep, sandy soils in low-lying areas; north from Broken Hill district.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by M. F. Porteners & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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